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Model:
VCS-S8001-06AT-LF
SKU:
6459020
Your price for this item is $399.99

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 33 reviews

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Have you played Atari today?

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Nice piece of kit; Nostalgia at its finest. The real wood is sweet touch. The attention to detail is beyond belief and the classic games have never played better, love that they are in 4K and the added rumble support for centipede and others has brought a tear to my eye. Thanks Atari

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great and absolutely gorgeous miniPC + 1080 games

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Absolutely wonderful! Ok, so you saw the negative reviews? They're wrong. Not their experience, or opinion there of, but their reasons for buying it. The wrong reason to buy it: Atari games for $399, original internal OS The best reasons to buy it: emulators! Beautiful console in your living room, a machine that is as gorgeous as it is a functional - look at PCs, tell me which TINY laptop currently at retail gets you a 2gb graphics card on board and can be upgraded to 32gb of ram? If you guessed "none" - you are right. You buy this for the beauty of this machine and to have a compact PC in your living room - not fast enough? Upgrade the RAM. It can run Steam games at 1080 on medium or low settings, which means you should be able to play Doom or Fallout right on your TV, AND switch right over to video editing/photo editing and work related tasks with a gorgeous box sitting in your Ikea drawer. Would I pay $399 for access to original Atari games? No, but I would pay $399 for a miniPC with a built in low power graphics card that lets me video edit and play games all at once from the comfort of my couch

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Design

    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    I so so wanted to like this

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    I had an Atari growing up and I so wanted to like this, I did like the fact that I could have this as a multi boot unit and will use it as a PC. I'm going to continue to mess around with this and will update as it progresses. The games imho simply do NOT play the way that they used to, I'm using the joy stick as I do on my 2600. I cannot put my finger on it. I do think the design of the device is great and it does appear to be a quality piece of hardware. I hope that this does not turn into PC for the TV, but that is what it is starting to feel like. With that said - it is NOT a bad piece of hardware and should perform well once I upgrade storage and ram. Updates - it did take quite a bit of time for all of the updates to be applied to the system. I do NOT see this as a negative as other people do- thank goodness you can update and resolve issues. Do be prepaired for updates and this will take time, but it is worth it. This does display well on 75" TV in all resolutions - no lag or jitter - -granted I'm playing games from the 1980s so i do not expect there to be

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little system.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    This is a great micro console/PC. Atari themselves have said this is not a competitor to the likes of Xbox or playstation. Anyone comparing it to them just don’t understand the intent. The VCS is a micro computer with a “console” style OS as default. I can play stadia and other steaming gaming services like antstream and AirConsole. Yes some you can play on mobile or pc but now I can do it on my tv instead of mobile with crappy controls or hooking up a pc to my tv. It has a game store that has a decent start to games that fit perfectly with this system. Chrome is the default browser so all google apps work natively. If you want, side load windows or another os to give you the full pc experience. They are supposedly going to announce several new games soon and a few I know of coming down the pipeline look fantastic. As long as they keep the games coming I’m a happy camper.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Set up

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Atari VCS, great value for what it is

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Excellent versatile system. VCS mode is light on content for the moment, but there are some quality gems available with more on the way. Easily install Linux, Windows, etc. to expand your options dramatically. Right now I have Ubuntu Linux installed running my Steam games, runs great! Don't go into it expecting xbox/ps quality, but for what it is, it's a cool little system.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Ease of use, Speed
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    Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than I expected

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Honestly I didn't expect much from this product. From the first day it was announced almost every website and podcast I regularly follow has universally panned it as over-priced and doomed to failure, and on those points, they may be right. But I purchased it anyway because of the nostalgia factor. I expected it would be buggy, slow, and pretty useless...but it isn't. It's not an Xbox series x or a ps5, it might not even be an Xbox one or a ps4, but it's not a Raspberry pi either. This thing is really slick and polished. I've only been using it for two days but everything I've tried on it has worked really well. Downloads are really fast. I purchased pixel cup soccer, which is about a 2 gig download and it finished in seconds. For me, that's faster than Steam and the PlayStation store. I launched into the YouTube app and tried to navigate with the Classic controller but it didn't seem to work with that controller (i didn't try the modern controller), so I launched the companion app on my smartphone. The companion app allows you to control your vcs through your phone and has a slick interface that emulates a mouse and or keyboard. Controlling YouTube with this app was intuitive and snappy. I played a couple music videos and found the picture quality to be excellent. I found the YouTube app plus the companion app to be an excellent combination and far superior to using a controller for input. This same companion app can be used to control other apps as well, such as Chrome and Netflix etc... The Atari is good for... Nostalgia... Streaming content... Airconsole.com and antstream.com playing Atari 2600 games playing old Atari arcade games Emulation A second PC in another room (ability to install other OSes) The Atari is not good for... running modern games competing with modern consoles not a lot of games available on the store just yet ABOUT THE PRICE... Is $400 too much? Yes AND No. Everyone knows that Microsoft and Sony subsidies their consoles because they know they can make up the loss in software and subscriptions down the line. They can afford it. I remember reading that the PS3 was losing $300 for every console they sold at launch. Atari can't compete with that. They have to sell it for a reasonable price, or lose their shirts. Unfortunately, that probably means they are pricing themselves right out of the market...but it's a catch 22, and I just don't see what else they can do about it. If you love Atari...buy this product. if you want a decent mini PC for the price...buy it. if you want to tinker with a neat little machine with a lot of heart, and very little hope...buy it. if you want to play anything modern...don't

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Design

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A little more than a console

    Posted .

    This is a solid all in one media device. It comes with classic Atari games, the controllers are pretty solid and can run a bunch of streaming services. You can install windows on it via a flash drive, external SSD, or if you’re a more experienced user you can put an M.2 SATA inside. I put in a 1tb M.2 SATA, installed windows. It runs Windows very well even with the stock RAM (which is also uogradeable). This can easily be used to surf the web and for office apps etc. It’s not large (size of a small console) and looks nice.

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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Bit pricey but nice!

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Nice system! Price is alittle high. But cool to have a new Atari system in 2021.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Old school returns!

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    This system was more impressive than I even thought! You have some old school classics and a full library of more hits including NES games! Very glad i bought it. Excellent display. Highly recommend for any gamer.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A ton of fun with thousands of games via streaming

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Very happy with this purchase. The system is so flexible, from classic gaming and cool controllers to including all of the major game streaming services. I am playing Xbox Online, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna, Ant-stream and more. Not to mention supporting some great indi developers.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nostalgia

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    Awesome system. I thought it was just a remake of the old atari but its anything but. It comes with Linux but advertises that it can run any other operating system (OS). It has expandable memory and a space for a solid state drive (SSD), so there is plenty of opportunity to keep your system up to date with upgrades!!!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Design, Features, Set up

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Time will tell

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Out of the box, it appears to be a surprisingly well built and gorgeous looking machine which is pretty easy to set up. After powering it up for the first time, there are a handful of firmware / BIOS updates that require a few restarts, but all told takes about 20 minutes to complete. You then need to create a free profile and Atari account and you're on your way. The included Atari Vault and Antstream Arcade (30 day) trial allow you to hop right into the retro action with zero delay. Atari Vault contains a plethora of Atari 2600 and Atari arcade games; it is worth noting that no third party software is available, so those who are fans of Pitfall (Activision) or Space Invaders (Taito) may be disappointed, but most of the included games are verified classics. The bundle comes with two controllers are also very well built, beautifully designed, and very responsive. Playing 2600 games as intended with the classic joystick controller is a real treat. The modern controller feels almost identical to an Xbox controller except for the rounded D-pad. There a handful of "apps" such as Netflix and Disney+, which are in reality Chrome weblinks, but they seem to work sufficiently enough. I have no intention of using this as a media device as I have a Roku, but its a nice option for those who want it. It also features a PC Mode which allows you to install Windows or Linux, but I have no intention of using this for that purpose. Still, the option is there for tinkerers. The Atari store has a very modest selection of indie titles priced from $4.99 to upwards of $24.99. As of this review, I believe there are less than 30 titles, but several of them have received good reviews. My only real complaint is that the edges of the screen are slightly cropped off and there is no way to resize the screen. Hopefully this can be fixed with a future update. The other complaint is the price; beyond nostalgia nerds like myself, this will be a major impediment to anyone considering the system. There is likely no way the VCS will ever compete with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo in the mainstream, but as an indie platform it would be very cool to see this thing succeed. Time will tell if it continues to receive any support or if it will wind up in the clearance bin before the new year. At any rate, I am glad to support it and the developers who are taking their time to support a new platform; and revive a once inconic brand. I wish everyone involved with this project success.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Buy at your own risk

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Really wanted to love this so bad. My main concern was the console’s inability to connect to a hotel wifi. After connecting using my phone data instead. It reloaded and tried reconnecting like 3 times before it went pass the installation updates and such. Not much to offer on the Atari game icon. A bunch of classics but couldn’t find pac-man unless I paid a monthly membership through some arcade app. The games there are great but laggy. For playing pac-man with the joystick, it’s not very responsive as what it was back in the 2600 days. I would buy this if there’s a major price drop or pac-man and other retro ganes are added with proper joystick support.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Video gamrs and pc

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    Nice system to have because not only does it play videos games but it also is a mini pc

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the money

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Fairly decent selection of games many titles I’ve played back in the day on my 2600 well worth the wait

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Other than being covered in tape and stickers it arrived safely and works great. Gonna put Linux or windows on it and play some games on it.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Give it a chance if you can find one!

    Posted .

    Remember this system isn't trying to compete with Xbox and Nintendo. The games are fairly cheap, you can add any emulators! Also Atari encourages you to upgrade the memory and Ram which is very simple. Antstream is one of the coolest subscriptions next to gamepass I've played. I wouldn't call it a console, more like a mini PC especially being able to load Linux/windows etc.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun product with potential

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Fun product with a good foundation. Looking forward to future games.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Save your money

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    Posted .

    Not really what I was expecting from Atari, little disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Just for the Atari name

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    If you're sick like me and want to break the bank for games you've already played and can play anywhere else for less, thaan this is for you.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend